Vishnu's Vice occupies the clear growler and makes it glow orange. When poured into a pint glass there's no difference. The body has a slight haze to it and the carbonation appears almost still with only a couple rising bubbles here and there. The off white head grew to two fingers on the pour and left some solid lacing on its way down the glass. This is a good looking IPA.
The nose on this IPA is outstanding! It's loaded with tropical fruitiness including bitter grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and papaya all in that order from most to least. The malt profile is sugary cake like with a drizzle of caramel. My description of the malt doesn't matter a whole lot though because this IPA is 100% hop driven and those hops are magical. There's an alcohol so clean in the aroma the only way I know it's there is the drying sensation in my nose when I take a whiff.
The flavor follows the aroma very closely. A tropical fruitiness drips over every taste bud while the bitter pink grapefruit takes center stage. All the complex hoppiness fits into its own special little niche and contributes to the grapefruit bitterness perfectly. The malt has just enough presence to keep the hops from running roughshod, but the hops are in charge without a doubt. The depth of flavor in this IPA really is something else.
The body of Vishnu's Vice is right down the center of the spectrum. The carbonation that doesn't look present is there enough to add a smooth creaminess to the body but keep it moving fast enough to not get stale. The bitterness grows and grows the more I drink until my entire mouth is numb with hoppy goodness.
This IPA is toeing the line of being an IIPA. An argument could go either way as to what it really is but whatever it may be it is going down incredibly easy. These couple glasses are a sheer joy to drink.
I've had quite a few of the offerings from Flossmoor including most of the IPAs they've had on tap and Vishnu's Vice is one of their best IPAs and one of their best overall beers period. I actually tried this side by side against Surly Furious at the brewpub today and this was the better IPA hands down; and I love me some Furious. This is a must try if you're in the area.
Originally reviewed 08/10/06
A - Pours a one finger head that quickly dissipates to a small coating on the surface. Color is almost bright orange and clear.
S - Oh my. Smells a lot like Dreadnaught in my opinion. Tons of floral, fruity hops. Smell fantastic!
T - Not as citrusy as the smell, but still a nice hop bomb. Bittering hops up front make way for the floral, aromatic, citrus flavor. Grapefruit and a touch of pine.
M - Oily, resiny hops. Overall a medium body.
D - I love this beer. Too bad it's my only growler.
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